Somebody must have slept through civics class


Cain: Americans should be able to ban mosques

Herman Cain says voters across the country should have the right to prevent Muslims from building mosques in their communities.

In an exchange on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican presidential contender said that he sided with some in a town near Nashville who were trying to prevent Muslims from worshiping in their community.

“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” he said. “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”

Asked by host Chris Wallace if any community could ban a mosque if it wanted to, Cain said: “They have a right to do that.”

Cain, an African-American who grew up during the civil rights era, claimed he was not discriminating against Muslims. He said it was “totally different” than the fight for racial equality because there were laws prohibiting blacks from advancing.

Nonetheless, Cain has drawn backlash for comments about Muslims in the past, saying that he would be uncomfortable if a Muslim served in his Cabinet if he were elected president.

“I’m willing to take a harder look at people that might be terrorists,” Cain said Sunday. “If you look at my career, I have never discriminated against anybody. … I’m going to err on the side of caution.”

The magic words are “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” We have to go with what the law is and not what we what it to be. Either that or we need to change it.

As for Cabinet members I really doubt a terrorist would pass the FBI background check and Senate hearings.

BTW – I’m wondering if any current or former employees of Godfather’s Pizza are Muslims? Seems to me if there are they just got handed a gift for a discrimination lawsuit.

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11 Responses to Somebody must have slept through civics class

  1. Cain is a complete moron and doesn’t even know one of the major precepts of our entire system. Sounds prefect for president. /snark

  2. 1539days says:

    I consider mosques a zoning issue. If you’re willing to put a Christian Church or other house of worship in a particular location, then a mosque should have the same opportunity. Otherwise, it’s up to the community to plan.

  3. I’m sorry to hear that. I was kind of liking Cain’s resume.

  4. WMCB says:

    Cain is completely wrong and pandering on this. And I say that NOT as one who is of the “always be PC and never ever mention that a person’s religion may indeed be driving them to do nasty things” crowd.

    Heck, I’ve even been called Islamophobic by some, because I firmly believe that there is a much larger contingent of Muslims than we admit to, that really would like to see sharia law worldwide, Islam as a political and legal (not just religious) system, and yes, USE religion as a cloak for a very warped world view antithetical to Western notions of the secular state. And I believe that this view is fairly prevalent, and that it is not only the ones in favor of strapping on bombs that we need be concerned about. Women, especially, need to be concerned at inroads of Islam into our legal system.

    Having said that, then, I reiterate that Cain is absolutely wrong on this. The govt has no right to forbid a mosque where any other church would be allowed. Period.

    • JeanLouise says:

      I agree.

    • “USE religion as a cloak for a very warped world view antithetical to Western notions of the secular state.”

      That could be said of a lot of rightwing US Christian churches.

      • WMCB says:

        Don’t start this. I have said repeatedly that IF there were millions and millions of Christians cheering on the idea of a worldwide Christian State, and Christianity as a political movement to overturn the entire western idea of govt, I’d be just as leery. There aren’t. A few crackpots does not a worldwide political movement make.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    I still like Cain because I’m not a racist 😛

  6. Lola-at-Large says:

    A rather disappointing development.

  7. Pips says:

    Saleh Sbenaty member of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro’s planning committee and an MTSU professor:

    “Of course, it is hurtful especially because we feel he did not listen to both sides. It’s very hard for us to image that someone would listen to a few radicals who are accusing and making false claims. […] This community has been the victim of arson, has been the victim of vandalism and of mental and physical abuse. Our children are bullied in school, and so on; so he should have listened to the concerns of the Muslim community.”

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